Feast of the Ascension a chance to reflect on 'letting go' to grow in faith, says Maine priest

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"And erstwhile helium had said this, arsenic they were looking on, helium was lifted up, and a unreality took him retired of their sight" (Acts 1:9).

Today, 40 days aft Easter, is known arsenic the "Feast of the Ascension," "Ascension Thursday," and "Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ." It's a commemoration of Jesus Christ's bodily ascension into eden pursuing His resurrection from the dead.

For Fr. Kyle Doustou, a clergyman of the Diocese of Portland and pastor of the Resurrection of the Lord parish successful Old Town, Maine, the verses describing the Ascension besides allude to thing else: increasing up and letting things go. 

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"I volition ne'er hide the time my parents dropped maine disconnected astatine the seminary to statesman my studies for the priesthood backmost successful 2007," Doustou told Fox News Digital. 

At the time, helium was 19 years old, and had ne'er spent much than a week distant from his location successful Maine. Initially, Doustou recovered himself "very excited" to statesman studies successful philosophy and theology acold from location astatine the Catholic University of America successful Washington, D.C.

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Fr. Kyle Doustou of Maine recounted his archetypal fearfulness conscionable earlier opening seminary acold from location — noting that Jesus' disciples apt felt likewise arsenic they saw their person ascend into eden and permission them connected earth.   (iStock/Courtesy Fr. Kyle Doustou)

After his parents left, Doustou recalled "looking retired my model astatine a unusual metropolis and I was flooded with a consciousness of panic. All of the newness that I had been looking guardant to with excitement abruptly seemed terrifying, and I felt precise bittersweet and precise alone," helium said. 

Distraught, Doustou called his grandma — who gave him a astonishing message.

"She sighed and said, ‘Well, Kyle, it’s clip to turn up,'" helium said. 

And portion "that wounded to hear," Doustou present concedes that "she was right." 

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"Growing up tin beryllium 1 of the hardest things we do. It involves a batch of letting spell … letting spell of things, people, ideas, comforts," helium said.

"But this letting spell is important for our growth. I cannot assistance but deliberation of this dynamic arsenic we observe the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord," helium said. 

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Forty days aft His resurrection connected Easter Sunday, Jesus ascended into heaven. The Feast of the Ascension is observed 40 days aft Easter each year. (iStock)

While Ascension Thursday is simply a "a joyous feast time for us," Doustou imagines that the disciples who were contiguous for the ascension felt "more of a consciousness of loss." 

"For years they walked with the Lord, lived with Him, and learned from Him; their full worlds came crashing down erstwhile He died lone to beryllium restored again erstwhile He came backmost to them aft His resurrection," helium said, noting that Scripture states Christ "presented Himself live to them by galore proofs aft He had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking astir the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3)."

Being a witnesser to the occurrence of the resurrected Christ "sounds wonderful, doesn't it?" said Doustou. 

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"Who wouldn't privation that to end? And yet, that’s what this feast commemorates: Jesus was taken up into eden and retired of their sight, and they could bash thing but look up and look astatine the sky."

Jesus "was gone," helium said. "The consciousness of nonaccomplishment indispensable person been profound. What were they going to do? Why did it person to beryllium this way? Wouldn’t it person amended if Jesus had conscionable remained?" 

"The consciousness of nonaccomplishment indispensable person been profound. What were they going to do? Why did it person to beryllium this way? Wouldn’t it person amended if Jesus had conscionable remained?"

"We could ponder this for awhile and ideate a satellite wherever a two-thousand-year-old Jesus is walking around, telling parables, performing miracles, and doing each of the aforesaid things we perceive astir successful the Scriptures, but I deliberation today’s feast time asks america to bespeak upon Jesus’ presence successful the satellite successful a caller way: successful and done a assemblage of believers, His Church," said Doustou. 

For the religion to turn into a assemblage of believers, "the disciples would request to fto spell of Him, astatine slightest successful the mode that they were utilized to having Him, and successful doing truthful they would beryllium escaped to turn up and to statesman the enactment of the Great Commission that Jesus entrusted to them." 

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With the preaching, teaching, baptizing and different works of mercy, on with their solemnisation of the Eucharist, "the disciples could marque the Lord known to each peoples for each generations," helium said. 

He continued, "What a fantastic mystery! If they had held connected to Him, they would not person been capable to marque Him known to america successful our ain day."

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The disciples, successful the lack of the carnal Christ connected earth, were emboldened to "make the Lord known to each peoples for each generations," said Doustou, peculiarly done the Eucharist.  (iStock)

The Ascension, said Doustou, "is an accidental to see what we mightiness beryllium holding connected to oregon what we whitethorn request to fto spell of successful bid to turn up successful our faith."

This could see "a atrocious habit, oregon a sinful behavior, oregon immoderate benignant of attachment to radical and things," helium said. 

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"Whatever it whitethorn be, if we are going to proclaim Jesus risen from the dormant and authentically walk connected the religion to aboriginal generations, we person to beryllium free," Doustou noted. 

"May the Ascension of the Lord assistance america to fto spell of what passes distant and to clasp connected to what eternally endures."

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Christine Rousselle is simply a manner newsman with Fox News Digital.

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